2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star Makes Its Debut
Good news, truck fans! The 2019 Ram 1500 debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show back in January, and there’s no stopping all the truck’s good stuff that’s coming our way. A few weeks ago, the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn debuted, and it has all the flair an old school cowboy would expect from the pickup truck made for the wild west. Ram also made some special changes to one of their trucks that’s built for the working class, the Ram 1500 Lone Star.
A Little Recap
Although the 2019 Ram 1500 is 225 pounds lighter than the previous Ram 1500 design, the new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck has the strongest frame of any Ram truck. The new frame is constructed from a high-strength steel-aluminum blend that makes up 98 percent of the total body. Aluminum also makes up small powertrain components, the hood, and the tailgate.
The powertrain is still beastly with V6 and HEMI V8 engine options, both implemented with the eTorque system for hybrid capabilities and additional power. On the HEMI V8, the eTorque system provides an additional 130 lb-ft of torque onto the standard engine’s 410 lb-ft of torque. We may also see FCA’s “future-proof engine” show up in the engine lineup later into the 2018 model year.
Speaking of new, a 360 surround view camera has been added to the truck and it provides the driver with a birds-eye view of the vehicle, and the available blind spot system with trailer coverage helps drivers feel more at ease while on the road. The new infotainment system is also available with a 12-inch touchscreen or an 8.4-inch touchscreen. Sirius 360L also comes on the 2019 Ram 1500; a sort of next-generation platform that learns what the user listens to and can be accessed virtually anywhere.
When it comes to the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, there’s a whole lot of good stuff. Able to be configured with either a crew cab and a 5-foot 7-inch truck bed, or a crew cab with a 6-foot 4-inch truck bed, the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn offers more space for passenger and cargo inside-and-out. Premium materials, such as wood, metal, and leather are featured throughout the interior with traditionally handcrafted, time-tested wares, such as an antique pocket watch and hand-tooled leather cowboy boots. The real winning features are the segment-exclusive, hand-wrapped, 100 percent full-grain leather dashboard, door-panels, and armrest coverings with southwestern-inspired design and embossed alligator skin pattern leather upholstery.
Ram 1500 Lone Star
The new Ram 1500 Lone Star trim was shown off at the Dallas Auto Show last week. Makes sense being that the Ram 1500 has been said to be the original “Texas Truck,” and the Ram Lone Star is a favorite among Texan buyers. The Ram 1500 Lone Star is even the brand’s top selling truck in Texas, so the debut during the Dallas Auto Show went very well.
“The hard-working appeal of the Ram Lone Star has made it a favorite among Texas truck buyers … Trucks are an important part of Texas life, and Ram trucks are proven to last. Ram’s long-lasting reliability has helped the Ram 1500 cement the highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup.” -Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand.
The Ram 1500 Lone Star trim comes standard with bright front and rear bumpers, chrome door handle centers, a bright grille surround with billet inserts, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and fog lamps for the exterior. Inside, consumers will find four interior trim levels, one with the choice of a six-passenger bench front or optional five-passenger bucket seats. That latter will most likely change up the standard 60/40 split rear bench seat dynamic.
All of the changes that were made to the 2019 Ram 1500 model are available on the Lone Star. This includes several option packages for function-specific enhancements, such as a Bed Utility Group, a 4×4 Off-road Group, a Protection Group, Trailer Tow Mirrors and Brake Group, Max Towing Package, and Premium Lighting Group. When it comes to working hard, other additional options are also available, including the class-exclusive Active Level Air Suspension, electric-locking rear axle, Blind-spot Monitoring, and 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Initially, the Ram 1500 Lone Star is only available with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, but eventually the truck will be available with the 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine. The 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star will be available with a choice of 4×2 and 4×4 powertrains, Crew and Quad Cab configurations, and 5’7” bed with the crew cab, 6’4” for the either.
Boy howdy, that sounds like another great edition for the all-new 2019 Ram 1500. Getting excited? Let’s chat about it on Aventura CJDR social media.